Sunday, August 10, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2915: The Many Faces of Tony Stewart - Body Language Tells (PHOTOS)

Tony Stewart, a three-time NASCAR champion, struck and killed fellow racer Kevin Ward, Jr. yesterday at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in Upstate New York. It appeared to most that Mr. Ward, whose sprint car was struck by Stewart's on the previous lap - had climbed out of his vehicle, was trying to confront Stewart who was still in his sprint car during a yellow flag (cautionary) lap.

Stewart, who pulled out of today's race at Watkin's Glenn said, "There aren’t words to describe the sadness I feel about the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr, It’s a very emotional time for all involved, and it is the reason I’ve decided not to participate in today’s race at Watkins Glen. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy."

None of these images in this post are representative of this tragic death. They are, however, good illustrators of a several expressions - many of which look similar to the body language novice. It is of course extremely important to become very familiar with the distinctions which separate these disparate nonverbals and their emotions.

The image above has a significantly asymmetrical mouth configuration. This is also true for the majority of the photos below. However it is not adequate to say these are one-sided mouths (or lop-sided "smiles") - we must slice these moments thinner .

In first picture of Tony Stewart (above), he displays an insincere smile - very specifically, can you discern why?

Suppressed sincere smile with clandestine disagreement and/or clandestine plan

Arrogance, mild contempt


Sincere smile as well as contempt
(a variety of Schadenfreude)


Low level fear, apprehension

Disbelief upon seeing or hearing another person's actions or words

What does this "1000 yard stare" indicate?

Anger with critical evaluation and mild contempt

Mild to moderate over-zealous response accompanied by self-righteousness

Critical evaluation with trace anger and trace disgust

Sincere smile
with a disgust component
(another example of Schadenfreude)

Sincere Smile
(aka Duchenne Smile)

Sincere Smile Suppressed

My condolences to the family and loved-ones of Kevin Ward, Jr.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2914: François Hollande, Anxiety and Dialing up his Alpha

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1151:  Xi Jinping's Subtle Pursed Lips

Negotiation Body Language Secret # 1167:  Danica's Lips, Danica's Eyes

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2822: Ludacris, Low Confidence, High Confidence and Contempt - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2718: Obama: "I can do whatever I want" Body Language with French President François Hollande